COVID-19 Vaccination Information

On November 4, 2021, an emergency regulation was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers. Individuals considering applying to this program should be aware that the COVID-19 vaccination will be required to participate in clinical experiences for Spring 2022 and beyond. For the most up-to-date information about our clinical partners’ vaccination requirements, please contact the program office.

Selective Admission

Students desiring entry to this major will be subject to minimum eligibility criteria and ranking against other candidates. To find the requirements that apply to you, please use the table below to identify the selection criteria associated with your target selection date.

Target Selection Date

Selection for the Physician Assistant Studies program occurs each January for an August program start.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Selection Criteria - All Applicants

Physician Assistant Studies Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

January

2023

August

2023

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor’s degree and/or have not completed the prerequisite coursework, must gain admission to the College, complete placement requirements, and meet the admission standards and technical standards established by the Physician Assistant Studies major to be considered for selection.

Applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree and the required prerequisite coursework must meet the technical standards established by the Physician Assistant Studies major to be considered for selection. Admission to the College will be completed upon acceptance into the major.

To be considered for selection, all applicants must:

  1. Meet one of the following three (3) curricular requirements:
    • Completed the first five semesters of either the Penn College pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major.*
    • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States-based institution and satisfactorily completed all of the prerequisite science courses** listed below with a grade of “B” or higher within the past five calendar years.
      • General Chemistry I & II with labs
      • General Biology I & II with labs
      • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
      • One semester each: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry with lab, Microbiology with lab, College Physics with lab, and Genetics
    • Be a Penn College or transfer student scheduled to complete a bachelor’s degree in the spring semester of the application cycle with all prerequisite science coursework** completed with a grade of “B” or better within the past five calendar years PRIOR TO the program’s CASPA application deadline.***
  • *Penn College students who are selected and accept their seat into the Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major must successfully complete all prerequisite coursework, semesters one through six of either the pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major, prior to the start of year four (didactic year), or their seat will be forfeited.
  • **All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited United States-based institution without exception.
  • ***If a Penn College or transfer student who is scheduled to complete their bachelor’s degree in the application cycle is selected into the program, the selection offer will be contingent upon successful conferral of the bachelor’s degree by June 1 of the selection year. An official transcript confirming the awarded degree must be received by the Admissions Office prior to July 1, or the selection offer will be rescinded.
  1. Complete and log 316 prior experience hours in CASPA. Of these hours, 16 must be spent shadowing a practicing certified physician assistant (PA-C).
  2. Achieve a Casper test z-score of -1 (minus one) or higher.
Selection Requirements

This major has limited seating capacity of 30 students per cohort. Entrance into the major will be determined through a selective admission ranking process to determine the top candidates for admission based on the following four criteria:

Category 1: Grade Point Calculation of Prerequisite Science Courses (60%) – from the following courses: 

(BIO108) Principles of Biology I (CHM111) General Chemistry I 
(BIO109) Principles of Biology II (CHM121) General Chemistry II
(BIO115) Human Anatomy and Physiology I (CHM210/211) Organic Chemistry I & Lab
(BIO125) Human Anatomy and Physiology II (CHM370) Biochemistry
(BIO201) Microbiology  

The Penn College course numbers are provided in parentheses for your reference. It is recommended that applicants complete coursework of equivalent scope and rigor as the Penn College courses listed above. NOTE: Science courses from the following institutions WILL NOT be accepted for the selective admission process: Doane University, Portage Learning.

All prerequisite science coursework must have been completed within the five calendar years preceding entry to College.

For the purposes of ranking, course grades for multiple attempts of the same course will be averaged together, including those grades that fall below a 2.0. The number of course attempts allowed will follow Penn College policy.

The PA Program Director, in consultation with the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences, reserves the right to grant rare exceptions to the five-year limit on a case-by-case basis. Requests for an exception must be received PRIOR to the application close date of January 15, 11:59 PM EST to be considered. Such requests must be in writing, include all completed transcripts, verification letter(s) from employer(s) detailing employment history and role responsibilities, and rationale for why an exception should be granted.  Incomplete requests will not be considered.

Category 2: Cumulative Overall Grade-Point Calculation (10%) – from the first five semesters of either the pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major, from an earned bachelor’s degree that qualifies the applicant for selection (see pre-program requirements above), or from the first seven semesters of the in-progress bachelor’s degree that is scheduled to be completed in the spring semester of the application cycle.

Category 3: Casper Test (15%) – the following point system will be used for scoring the Casper test results:

Casper Z-Score Points Awarded
(-1.0) to (-0.5) 9
> (-0.5) to 0 10
> 0 to 0.5 11
> 0.5 to 1.0 12
> 1.0 to 1.5 13
> 1.5 to 2.0 14
> 2.0 15

Category 4: Prior Experience (15%) – the following weight multiplier will be used for scoring the completed prior experience hours:

Type of Hours Weighted Multiplier
Patient Care Experience 1.5
Healthcare Experience 1.0
Shadowing 0.5

NOTE: Students not selected, or who decline their seat, into the Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major may change their major to the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major.

International Students

Additional English language proficiency requirements must be met to be considered for selection:

1. TOEFL iBT®: minimum Total score of 100 (0-120) AND minimum Speaking score of 22 (0-30); or

2. IELTS: minimum composite score of 7.0 (0-9)

Casper Test & Altus Suite

Students seeking selection must register for the Physician Assistant (CSP-10101 - U.S. Professional Health Sciences) Altus Suite assessment through TakeAltus.com. Altus Suite is comprised of two parts, the Casper test and the Snapshot. Penn College utilizes Casper test results in its selection criteria; Penn College does NOT use the Snapshot results. However, both parts of Altus Suite must be completed in order for the Casper test results to be released to the College. There is no additional cost associated with Snapshot. Students may only take Altus Suite one time in the open application cycle.

Selection Date & Application Deadline

All selection requirements must be completed and entered into CASPA by January 15th for consideration for the August cohort start of the professional phase (years four and five of the major).

Prior Experience

Prior experience can be acquired through any combination of experiences provided they meet the criteria to be included in one of the following three categories:

  1. Patient Care Experience
  2. Healthcare Experience
  3. Shadowing

These categories are weighted based on the most hands-on patient contact (category one) being most preferred, and the least hands-on patient contact (category three) being least preferred. Only prior experience hours completed within the past five calendar years will be accepted, and all hours will be reviewed for suitability by the PA Program Selection Committee.

Applicants are required to complete 316 prior experience hours. Of these 316 hours, 16 must be spent shadowing a practicing certified physician assistant (PA-C); these 16 hours are required but will not be scored. Prospective students with more than 316 hours will be scored on their BEST 316 hours to ensure the highest possible score. Applicants should track their experience hours manually as hours are earned, using the Experience Tracking Sheet. Applicants will enter these hours into CASPA during the application cycle for which they are applying for selection.

Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Penn College utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) in its application process. A completed application must be received by the January 15, 11:59 PM EST application deadline. NOTE: CASPA requires applicants to submit at least two letters of evaluation as part of the application process—Penn College does NOT utilize these letters in its selection decision.

Typically, any changes to these admission requirements are made prior to the student’s enrollment at Penn College; however, in special circumstances, such as an observed change in program outcomes, the College President may approve more immediate changes to ensure student success. In such cases, students will receive timely written notice of the change.

Physician Assistant Studies Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

January

2024

August

2024

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor’s degree and/or have not completed the prerequisite coursework, must gain admission to the College, complete placement requirements, and meet the admission standards and technical standards established by the Physician Assistant Studies major to be considered for selection.

Applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree and the required prerequisite coursework must meet the technical standards established by the Physician Assistant Studies major to be considered for selection. Admission to the College will be completed upon acceptance into the major.

To be considered for selection, all applicants must:

  1. Meet one of the following three (3) curricular requirements:
    • Completed the first five semesters of either the Penn College pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major.*
    • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States-based institution and satisfactorily completed all of the prerequisite science courses** listed below with a grade of “B” or higher within the past five calendar years.
      • General Chemistry I & II with labs
      • General Biology I & II with labs
      • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
      • One semester each: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry with lab, Microbiology with lab, College Physics with lab, and Genetics
    • Be a Penn College or transfer student scheduled to complete a bachelor’s degree in the spring semester of the application cycle with all prerequisite science coursework** completed with a grade of “B” or better within the past five calendar years PRIOR TO the program’s CASPA application deadline.***
  • *Penn College students who are selected and accept their seat into the Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major must successfully complete all prerequisite coursework, semesters one through six of either the pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major, prior to the start of year four (didactic year), or their seat will be forfeited.
  • **All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited United States-based institution without exception.
  • ***If a Penn College or transfer student who is scheduled to complete their bachelor’s degree in the application cycle is selected into the program, the selection offer will be contingent upon successful conferral of the bachelor’s degree by June 1 of the selection year. An official transcript confirming the awarded degree must be received by the Admissions Office prior to July 1, or the selection offer will be rescinded.
  1. Complete and log 316 prior experience hours in CASPA. Of these hours, 16 must be spent shadowing a practicing certified physician assistant (PA-C).
  2. Achieve a Casper test z-score of -1 (minus one) or higher.
Selection Requirements

This major has limited seating capacity of 30 students per cohort. Entrance into the major will be determined through a selective admission ranking process to determine the top candidates for admission based on the following four criteria:

Category 1: Grade Point Calculation of Prerequisite Science Courses (60%) – from the following courses: 

(BIO108) Principles of Biology I (CHM111) General Chemistry I 
(BIO109) Principles of Biology II (CHM121) General Chemistry II
(BIO115) Human Anatomy and Physiology I (CHM210/211) Organic Chemistry I & Lab
(BIO125) Human Anatomy and Physiology II (CHM370) Biochemistry
(BIO201) Microbiology  

The Penn College course numbers are provided in parentheses for your reference. It is recommended that applicants complete coursework of equivalent scope and rigor as the Penn College courses listed above. NOTE: Science courses from the following institutions WILL NOT be accepted for the selective admission process: Doane University, Portage Learning.

All prerequisite science coursework must have been completed within the five calendar years preceding entry to College.

For the purposes of ranking, course grades for multiple attempts of the same course will be averaged together, including those grades that fall below a 2.0. The number of course attempts allowed will follow Penn College policy.

The PA Program Director, in consultation with the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences, reserves the right to grant rare exceptions to the five-year limit on a case-by-case basis. Requests for an exception must be received PRIOR to the application close date of January 15, 11:59 PM EST to be considered. Such requests must be in writing, include all completed transcripts, verification letter(s) from employer(s) detailing employment history and role responsibilities, and rationale for why an exception should be granted.  Incomplete requests will not be considered.

Category 2: Cumulative Overall Grade-Point Calculation (10%) – from the first five semesters of either the pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major, from an earned bachelor’s degree that qualifies the applicant for selection (see pre-program requirements above), or from the first seven semesters of the in-progress bachelor’s degree that is scheduled to be completed in the spring semester of the application cycle.

Category 3: Casper Test (15%) – the following point system will be used for scoring the Casper test results:

Casper Z-Score Points Awarded
(-1.0) to (-0.5) 9
> (-0.5) to 0 10
> 0 to 0.5 11
> 0.5 to 1.0 12
> 1.0 to 1.5 13
> 1.5 to 2.0 14
> 2.0 15

Category 4: Prior Experience (15%) – the following weight multiplier will be used for scoring the completed prior experience hours:

Type of Hours Weighted Multiplier
Patient Care Experience 1.5
Healthcare Experience 1.0
Shadowing 0.5

NOTE: Students not selected, or who decline their seat, into the Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major may change their major to the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major.

International Students

Additional English language proficiency requirements must be met to be considered for selection:

1. TOEFL iBT®: minimum Total score of 100 (0-120) AND minimum Speaking score of 22 (0-30); or

2. IELTS: minimum composite score of 7.0 (0-9)

Casper Test & Altus Suite

Students seeking selection must register for the Physician Assistant (CSP-10101 - U.S. Professional Health Sciences) Altus Suite assessment through TakeAltus.com. Altus Suite is comprised of two parts, the Casper test and the Snapshot. Penn College utilizes Casper test results in its selection criteria; Penn College does NOT use the Snapshot results. However, both parts of Altus Suite must be completed in order for the Casper test results to be released to the College. There is no additional cost associated with Snapshot. Students may only take Altus Suite one time in the open application cycle.

Selection Date & Application Deadline

All selection requirements must be completed and entered into CASPA by January 15th for consideration for the August cohort start of the professional phase (years four and five of the major).

Prior Experience

Prior experience can be acquired through any combination of experiences provided they meet the criteria to be included in one of the following three categories:

  1. Patient Care Experience
  2. Healthcare Experience
  3. Shadowing

These categories are weighted based on the most hands-on patient contact (category one) being most preferred, and the least hands-on patient contact (category three) being least preferred. Only prior experience hours completed within the past five calendar years will be accepted, and all hours will be reviewed for suitability by the PA Program Selection Committee.

Applicants are required to complete 316 prior experience hours. Of these 316 hours, 16 must be spent shadowing a practicing certified physician assistant (PA-C); these 16 hours are required but will not be scored. Prospective students with more than 316 hours will be scored on their BEST 316 hours to ensure the highest possible score. Applicants should track their experience hours manually as hours are earned, using the Experience Tracking Sheet. Applicants will enter these hours into CASPA during the application cycle for which they are applying for selection.

Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Penn College utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) in its application process. A completed application must be received by the January 15, 11:59 PM EST application deadline. NOTE: CASPA requires applicants to submit at least two letters of evaluation as part of the application process—Penn College does NOT utilize these letters in its selection decision.

Typically, any changes to these admission requirements are made prior to the student’s enrollment at Penn College; however, in special circumstances, such as an observed change in program outcomes, the College President may approve more immediate changes to ensure student success. In such cases, students will receive timely written notice of the change.

Physician Assistant Studies Selection Criteria

Selection Date Cohort Start Date

January

2025

August

2025

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor’s degree and/or have not completed the prerequisite coursework, must gain admission to the College, complete placement requirements, and meet the admission standards and technical standards established by the Physician Assistant Studies major to be considered for selection.

Applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree and the required prerequisite coursework must meet the technical standards established by the Physician Assistant Studies major to be considered for selection. Admission to the College will be completed upon acceptance into the major.

To be considered for selection, all applicants must:

  1. Meet one of the following three (3) curricular requirements:
    • Completed the first five semesters of either the Penn College pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major.*
    • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States-based institution and satisfactorily completed all of the prerequisite science courses** listed below with a grade of “B” or higher within the past five calendar years.
      • General Chemistry I & II with labs
      • General Biology I & II with labs
      • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
      • One semester each: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry with lab, Microbiology with lab, College Physics with lab, and Genetics
    • Be a Penn College or transfer student scheduled to complete a bachelor’s degree in the spring semester of the application cycle with all prerequisite science coursework** completed with a grade of “B” or better within the past five calendar years PRIOR TO the program’s CASPA application deadline.***
  • All applicants, including Penn College pre-physician assistant studies students, are required to earn a grade of “B” or better in all prerequisite science courses and are not permitted to repeat prerequisite science courses (completed at Penn College or transferred into the major) more than one time during the five-year period preceding the student’s selective admission application cycle to earn a grade of “B” or better.
  • When a prerequisite science course is repeated, the grade on both the initial attempt and the second attempt will be averaged to determine the grade calculation used for selection. Grades earned prior to the five-year period preceding the student’s selective admission cycle are not included in these calculations. 
  • In the event more than two attempts were completed within five years preceding the applicant/student’s selective admission cycle, the initial two attempts will be used to determine the science grade-point calculation.
  • Penn College pre-physician assistant students who have not earned a “B” or better on two attempts will not be permitted to continue in the major (Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies) or enter the Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major, if a transfer student.
  • Students not eligible to continue or enter the pre-physician assistant studies program because of the above outlined performance standards are permitted to continue studies at Penn College in a different major.  Such students will have the opportunity to work with an academic advisor at Penn College to explore other possible majors.
  • *Penn College students who are selected and accept their seat into the Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major must successfully complete all prerequisite coursework, semesters one through six of either the pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major, prior to the start of year four (didactic year), or their seat will be forfeited.
  • **All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited United States-based institution without exception.
  • ***If a Penn College or transfer student who is scheduled to complete their bachelor’s degree in the application cycle is selected into the program, the selection offer will be contingent upon successful conferral of the bachelor’s degree by June 1 of the selection year. An official transcript confirming the awarded degree must be received by the Admissions Office prior to July 1, or the selection offer will be rescinded.
  1. Complete and log 316 prior experience hours in CASPA. Of these hours, 16 must be spent shadowing a practicing certified physician assistant (PA-C).
  2. Achieve a Casper test z-score of -1 (minus one) or higher.
Selection Requirements

This major has limited seating capacity of 30 students per cohort. Entrance into the major will be determined through a selective admission ranking process to determine the top candidates for admission based on the following four criteria:

Category 1: Grade Point Calculation of Prerequisite Science Courses (60%) – from the following courses: 

(BIO108) Principles of Biology I (CHM111) General Chemistry I 
(BIO109) Principles of Biology II (CHM121) General Chemistry II
(BIO115) Human Anatomy and Physiology I (CHM210/211) Organic Chemistry I & Lab
(BIO125) Human Anatomy and Physiology II (CHM370) Biochemistry
(BIO201) Microbiology  

The Penn College course numbers are provided in parentheses for your reference. It is recommended that applicants complete coursework of equivalent scope and rigor as the Penn College courses listed above. NOTE: Science courses from the following institutions WILL NOT be accepted for the selective admission process: Doane University, Portage Learning.

All prerequisite science coursework must have been completed within five calendar years preceding the selection year. For example, if an applicant is seeking to be selected into the cohort beginning Fall 2025, the prerequisite coursework must have been completed in 2020 or later.

For the purposes of ranking, course grades for multiple attempts of the same course will be averaged together, including those grades that fall below a 2.0. The number of course attempts allowed will follow Penn College policy.

The PA Program Director, in consultation with the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences, reserves the right to grant rare exceptions to the five-year limit on a case-by-case basis. Requests for an exception must be received PRIOR to the application close date of January 15, 11:59 PM EST to be considered. Such requests must be in writing, include all completed transcripts, verification letter(s) from employer(s) detailing employment history and role responsibilities, and rationale for why an exception should be granted.  Incomplete requests will not be considered.

Category 2: Cumulative Overall Grade-Point Calculation (10%) – from the first five semesters of either the pre-Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major or the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major, from an earned bachelor’s degree that qualifies the applicant for selection (see pre-program requirements above), or from the first seven semesters of the in-progress bachelor’s degree that is scheduled to be completed in the spring semester of the application cycle.

Category 3: Casper Test (15%) – the following point system will be used for scoring the Casper test results:

Casper Z-Score Points Awarded
(-1.0) to (-0.5) 9
> (-0.5) to 0 10
> 0 to 0.5 11
> 0.5 to 1.0 12
> 1.0 to 1.5 13
> 1.5 to 2.0 14
> 2.0 15

Category 4: Prior Experience (15%) – the following weight multiplier will be used for scoring the completed prior experience hours:

Type of Hours Weighted Multiplier
Patient Care Experience 1.5
Healthcare Experience 1.0
Shadowing 0.5

NOTE: Students not selected, or who decline their seat, into the Combined BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies major may change their major to the Penn College Bachelor of Science in Health Science major.

International Students

Additional English language proficiency requirements must be met to be considered for selection:

1. TOEFL iBT®: minimum Total score of 100 (0-120) AND minimum Speaking score of 22 (0-30); or

2. IELTS: minimum composite score of 7.0 (0-9)

Casper Test & Altus Suite

Students seeking selection must register for the Physician Assistant (CSP-10101 - U.S. Professional Health Sciences) Altus Suite assessment through TakeAltus.com. Altus Suite is comprised of two parts, the Casper test and the Snapshot. Penn College utilizes Casper test results in its selection criteria; Penn College does NOT use the Snapshot results. However, both parts of Altus Suite must be completed in order for the Casper test results to be released to the College. There is no additional cost associated with Snapshot. Students may only take Altus Suite one time in the open application cycle.

Selection Date & Application Deadline

All selection requirements must be completed and entered into CASPA by January 15th for consideration for the August cohort start of the professional phase (years four and five of the major).

Prior Experience

Prior experience can be acquired through any combination of experiences provided they meet the criteria to be included in one of the following three categories:

  1. Patient Care Experience
  2. Healthcare Experience
  3. Shadowing

These categories are weighted based on the most hands-on patient contact (category one) being most preferred, and the least hands-on patient contact (category three) being least preferred. Only prior experience hours completed within the past five calendar years will be accepted, and all hours will be reviewed for suitability by the PA Program Selection Committee.

Applicants are required to complete 316 prior experience hours. Of these 316 hours, 16 must be spent shadowing a practicing certified physician assistant (PA-C); these 16 hours are required but will not be scored. Prospective students with more than 316 hours will be scored on their BEST 316 hours to ensure the highest possible score. Applicants should track their experience hours manually as hours are earned, using the Experience Tracking Sheet. Applicants will enter these hours into CASPA during the application cycle for which they are applying for selection.

Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Penn College utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) in its application process. A completed application must be received by the January 15, 11:59 PM EST application deadline. NOTE: CASPA requires applicants to submit at least two letters of evaluation as part of the application process—Penn College does NOT utilize these letters in its selection decision.

Typically, any changes to these admission requirements are made prior to the student’s enrollment at Penn College; however, in special circumstances, such as an observed change in program outcomes, the College President may approve more immediate changes to ensure student success. In such cases, students will receive timely written notice of the change.

Casper Test & Altus Suite

Learn more about scheduling a Casper test, including which test is the right one for you.

Casper test & Altus Suite

Experience Tracking Sheet

Penn College is interested in applicants’ Patient Care Experiences, Healthcare Experiences, and Shadowing, as defined in the Experiences section of the CASPA Applicant Help Center.

Applicants seeking admission into the professional phase of the PA program can print the experience tracking sheet and use it to track their experiences until it is time to enter the hours into their CASPA application. High school students applying for a conditional seat in the program can also utilize the experience tracking sheet to track hours prior to entering them into their Penn College applicant dashboard.

Experience Tracking Sheet

Criteria Lock Date

Because we understand students’ need to plan and to work toward a specific set of criteria, we make every attempt to avoid changing selection criteria within a year of a selection date. However, in rare cases (i.e., an observed change in program outcomes or a change in ARC-PA accreditation standards), changes may be made up to six months prior to a selection date. If a change to selection criteria is required less than a year from a selection date, we will provide notice of the change to all students known to be working toward eligibility for that date.

Transfer Guidelines for Pass/Fail Grading Schemes

As of result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions across the country have implemented some version of Pass/Fail (P/F) or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. In response to this change, Penn College will accept “pass" equivalent grades, assigned as a result of COVID-19, when the College determines a course may be accepted for transfer.

Penn College students enrolled in a pre-program, awaiting selections, are NOT eligible to opt in for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. Therefore, when a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading scheme has been implemented by a transferring institution, those students seeking to be ranked in one of the selective admission majors within the School of Nursing & Health Sciences will be asked to provide a letter grade for all coursework.

In a case where a student is unable to secure a letter grade from their transferring institution, those course(s) will not be included in Math/Science GPA calculations, or other grade-related criteria, associated with selection. It is important to note that a lack of math and science course grades will likely impact a student’s competitiveness/and or eligibility for selection. A student who is unable to provide letter grades should meet with the designated program director to discuss how an inability to obtain letter grades may impact their eligibility or ranking.